Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis is a Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

Manly Sea Eagles legends Bob Fulton and Steve Menzies happy with club's new look

Michael Carayannis Manly legend Bob Fulton says there is "stability" at the club for the first time in recent memory.

Samoan players fined $10,000 each for boozy night out

Punished: Reni Maitua.

Michael Carayannis Samoan players Reni Maitua, Tautau Moga and Sauaso Sue have been fined $10,000 each for their boozy night out in Brisbane.

Ben Barba's drop in form may result in exit from Broncos, says Sam Thaiday

Michael Carayannis Brisbane veteran Sam Thaiday believes Ben Barba's poor form could lead to his exit from the club after just one season as new coach Wayne Bennett puts his stamp on the playing roster.

St George Illawarra Dragons to grant Jack Stockwell a release to join Newcastle Knights

Knight moves: Jack Stockwell is leaving St George Illawarra.

Michael Carayannis St George Illawarra's salary cap strain has claimed its first victim with prop Jack Stockwell expected to be granted a release to join Newcastle.

Kiwis prop Jesse Bromwich the man to spearhead the pack in Four Nations

Jesse Bromwich.

Michael Carayannis Stephen Kearney has identified Jesse Bromwich as the man to take it to a depleted Kangaroos outfit as rival teams prepare to take on a vulnerable Australian forward pack.

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Samoan coach Matt Parish "very disappointed" with players after boozy night out

In trouble ... Reni Maitua during a Bulldogs training session this season.

Michael Carayannis Samoan coach Matt Parish has backed his trio of stood down players to return to the squad despite being left "very disappointed" with their boozy night out.

Penrith's Josh Mansour selected for Test debut, but teammate Dallin Watene-Zelezniak sidelined by injury

Josh Mansour.

Michael Carayannis A broken foot is expected to rob Dallin Watene-Zelezniak of a Test debut but Penrith teammate Josh Mansour has capped a remarkable rise by being picked on the flank for the Kangaroos.

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Tim Sheens names five debutants in Kangaroos team for Four Nations opener

Green and gold: Dylan Walker will make his Test debut against New Zealand.

Michael Carayannis Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens has named five debutants, including South Sydney premiership winner Dylan Walker, for Australia's opening Four Nations clash against New Zealand on Saturday.

Greg Inglis wants to keep the No.1 Kangaroos jumper

Number one: Greg Inglis is keen to take advantage of Billy Slater's absence from the Kangaroos side.

Michael Carayannis After waiting nine years to become Australia's first choice fullback Greg Inglis has every intention of making the No.1 jersey his own.

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Robbie Farah says Kangaroos focused on strong defence

Michael Carayannis Australian coach Tim Sheens has challenged his side to replicate the defensive effort that helped them lift last year's World Cup, after the disappointment over their last-start performance.

Todd Payten to coach North Queensland Cowboys under-20s rugby league team

On the move: Wests Tigers assistant coach Todd Payten.

Michael Carayannis Todd Payten is set to continue his NRL coaching ambitions at North Queensland after missing out on the Tigers head coaching role.

Dragons clean-out a wake-up call for club, says captain Ben Creagh

Leader: Dragons captain Ben Creagh.

Michael Carayannis St George Illawarra skipper Ben Creagh says any potential cleanout at the club is a "wake up call" for everyone.

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Gold Coast Titans release Albert Kelly and Maurice Blair

Michael Carayannis Gold Coast have freed up some salary cap space by releasing Albert Kelly and Maurice Blair as they eye adding a representative outside back to their roster for next year.

Sione Mata'utia on verge of becoming Australia's youngest rugby league representative

Young gun: Sione Mata'utia (right) and Beau Scott have been named in the Kangaroos squad.

Michael Carayannis Sione Mata'utia was left "shivering" with nerves as he closes in on becoming the youngest Australian player in history.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs Dylan Walker and Alex Johnston selected for Kangaroos

Dylan Walker.

Michael Carayannis A simple "next-gen baby" text exchange between Australia's latest Test debutants in Alex Johnston and Dylan Walker symbolised a new era for the Kangaroos.

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Sione Mata'utia to become youngest Kangaroo

Committed: Brisbane's Ben Hunt.

Michael Carayannis Australia have named 10 debutants including South Sydney rookies Alex Johnston and Dylan Walker in their 24 man squad.

South Sydney Rabbitohs turn NRL success into Kangaroo jerseys

Ascension: Rabbitohs centre Dylan Walker is likely to make the cut.

Michael Carayannis After finally breaking their premiership drought South Sydney will end their Kangaroos exile with the Rabbitohs on the verge of having their most Australian representatives in 39 years.

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Canberra Raider Josh Papalii goes from Queensland Cup to Kangaroos

Long haul back: Raiders forward Josh Papalii is back in the national frame.

Michael Carayannis Josh Papalii has used a stint playing in the Queensland Cup to re-ignite his representative career.

Aaron Woods stars in Prime Ministers XIII's 34-16 win over Papua New Guinea

Robbie Farah

Michael Carayannis A two-try effort from Aaron Woods has almost certainly handed the prop a debut Test jersey after starring for the Prime Ministers XIII's 34-16 win against PNG on Sunday afternoon.

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Prime Minister's XIII game embraced with religious fervour in Papua New Guinea


Michael Carayannis It starts well before most players even wake. By 8am there are dozens of kids outside the team’s security hotel trying to get a glimpse of the players, who are yet to rise for breakfast.